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Poster: vapors Date: Nov 30, 2011 6:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When did you know?

I didn't really find out until I came here, all these years later... . :)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 30, 2011 7:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When did you know?

Ha! Best post of the day!

Yes, even though I give a very different impression, as I droned on about with SDH some time back, in the 70s, I thought they were very consistent...one night to the next, of a run, and certainly "within a night". I had that nagging feeling that they weren't what I expected (again, I came to it expecting the band of 70-72, that I knew so well from recordings and bootlegs), but I never thought "that sucked!" or "this is much better than the first set".

I thought it was all good.

However, the one thing that has been mentioned by others here the past wk or so, which reinforced the "hmmm, do I have it 'right' telling everyone I meet that the DEAD are the BEST...cause I just saw the ABB, or even MTB + Outlaws, and was much more energized during that show...okay, nevermind that; the DEAD are great, the DEAD are great" which was just a very personal thing with me at the time.

It was much later, HERE, that I had the time to review, and decided, "damn, I think they were better earlier--I got cheated" (due to my age alone), and yes, when asked "which five concerts were the most fun you've had?", I, unlike Bill Walton, never thought/think of a DEAD show.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 30, 2011 7:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When did you know?

Droned on about? I'd have to say that is quite a generous review of any of our exchanges.

As to your point, I'd have to say that strictly in terms of the music/performance I have seen shows by other artists that were much more "energetic" start to finish, as you put it. Floyd, Queensryche, Stones, Who, hell even Cheap Trick in 83 come to mind. But in terms of the overall experience, or that one "moment", no one holds a candle to the Dead that I saw.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 30, 2011 7:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When did you know?

Here's another aspect to the diff's with my vs your experiences: imagine coming to a show and expecting the S&R play list, and you get Blues for Allah or the MELODRAMA of Terrapin Station? That shit really left me wondering: "is this the band I thought I knew?"

After the mid 70s, post hiatus comeback, I suppose they dropped those and returned to new, but more traditional (?) set lists?

I will say that shows like 9-28-75 were more "standard", setlist wise, and no doubt I recall those with fonder memories as a result...

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 30, 2011 7:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When did you know?

Hell, I learned to lower my expections over time. By the end of my time seeing them a great show wasn't measured so much by the songs they DID play, but rather the ones they DIDN'T. Say, the minute I heard the opening notes of Touch, I died a little inside.